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“These patterns call out for explanation,” Arthur Stone says of Gallup World Poll data showing great variety among how people in various countries report their own well-being. Photo courtesy of Arthur Stone.

As Young as You Feel

November 20, 2014

The trajectory of how satisfied you are with life across the life span is driven, in part, by where you’re from. Using the Gallup World Poll, an ongoing survey of more than 160 countries, USC Dornsife’s Arthur…

Alumna, author and motivational speaker Barbara Jo “BJ” Gallagher is also an animal lover. Here, she holds her half Pekingese, half Chow, Fannie. Photo by Andy Stolarek.

Fan Your Feathers

November 19, 2014

It may look like she’s walking her dog, but Barbara Jo “BJ” Gallagher is actually sketching out plot lines for her next book in her head. Or she’s thinking about her next keynote speech. Gallagher is…

A close-up shot of oyster mushrooms (<em>Pleurotus ostreatus</em>).

The Search for a Wild Weed

November 10, 2014

A native New Yorker from Flushing, Queens, Ava Chin forages throughout the five boroughs and the Tri-State Area, writing about her finds for publications such as The New York Times and Saveur magazine. Her memoir Eating…

USC Dornsife’s Brian Rathbun of international relations has put the study of diplomacy on the map with his new book, <em>Diplomacy’s Value: Creating Security in 1920s Europe and the Contemporary Middle East</em>, published by Cornell University Press. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Diplomatic Chess Game

November 6, 2014

The brutal murders of journalists and aid workers by terrorist organizations such al Qaeda and ISIS have propelled the issue of negotiation into the spotlight. With the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria — ISIS…

Two USC Dornsife researchers used string field theory to try to validate quantum mechanics. Photo courtesy of astrophysics.pro.

Mechanics of String Theory

November 6, 2014

Two USC Dornsife researchers have proposed a link between string field theory and quantum mechanics that could open the door to using string field theory — or a broader version of it, called M-theory — as the basis…

Scott Kanoski, assistant professor of biological sciences at USC Dornsife, is corresponding author on a new study indicating that consuming sugary liquids in adolescents may lead to memory loss. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Sugar Linked to Memory Woes

October 7, 2014

Studying rats as model subjects, USC Dornsife scientists found that adolescents were at an increased risk of suffering negative health effects from sugar-sweetened beverage consumption. Adolescent rats that freely consumed…

G.K. Surya Prakash of chemistry has worked in fluorine chemistry for 25 years. Recently, his research proved the existence of a long-lived form of the trifluoromethanide anion, which many chemists considered impossible. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Chemists Dispel Long-held Notion

September 26, 2014

In a recent study, USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute chemists have dispelled a long-held notion regarding the ubiquitous fluorine-containing trifluoromethyl group. The trifluoromethyl group is significant in chemistry…

The American Political Science Association recognized Jane Junn's book, in part, for including innovative data analysis, which drew from five surveys. Photo by Lizzie Hedrick.

Getting All Sides

September 23, 2014

Jane Junn, professor of political science, likens her research on public opinion of immigration to a white light entering a prism — specifically the iconic image on the cover of Pink Floyd’s album The Dark Side of…

Dawn Nagel, a postdoctoral researcher at USC Dornsife and lead author on a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, works in Steve Kay’s laboratory. Photo courtesy of Kay Lab.

Plants and their Stressors

September 22, 2014

Scientists have discovered a key molecular cog in a plant’s biological clock — one that modulates the speed of circadian (daily) rhythms based on temperature. Transcription factors, or genetic switches, drive gene…

Fabien Pinaud, assistant professor of molecular biology at USC Dornsife, is lead researcher on a study published in <em>Nature Communications</em> Sept. 18. Photo courtesy of Fabien Pinaud.

Converging Science and Engineering

September 18, 2014

A new microscopy technology allows scientists to view single molecules in living animals at higher-than-ever resolution, and in a trial run has revealed new findings on the causes of muscular dystrophy. Dubbed…